Bond seals U's triumph
Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:30pm
Andrew Bond: Snatched the win
Gillingham's suffered a 1-0 defeat to Colchester on their return to League One thanks to a goal from substitute Andrew Bond right at the death.
It could have been a very different story altogether for Gillingham, though, had birthday-boy Danny Kedwell scored rather than hit the woodwork in an entertaining first-half that surprisingly failed to produce a goal.
Allen chose to partner Kedwell - celebrating his 30th birthday - and summer signing Cody McDonald up front, and it was the former who was looking like the hosts' biggest threat.
He smashed a ninth-minute effort narrowly wide after Charlie Lee's throw had caused panic in the box, and also crashed an effort off the woodwork when he spotted the visiting goalkeeper Sam Walker off his line.
Walker then made a good save from Lee late in the half.
Colchester had a rare chance at the other end that almost broke the deadlock after the break, Stuart Nelson's flying save denied Marcus Bean.
Chris Whelpdale's low drive nearly made the breakthrough, as Walker parried into the path of Amine Linganzi, but the linesman's flag was raised for off-side.
Yet, with two minutes left, Colchester substitute Bond latched onto a low cross and drilled it home to hand Colchester the three points.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 3rd Aug
Bristol C2 - 2Bradford
Carlisle1 - 5Leyton Or
Crawley3 - 2Coventry
Crewe3 - 3Rotherham
Gillingham0 - 1Colchester
Peterboro1 - 0Swindon
Port Vale1 - 1Brentford
Preston0 - 0Wolves
Shrewsbury0 - 0MK Dons
Stevenage3 - 4Oldham
Walsall3 - 1Tranmere
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|3||Preston North End||19||37|
|12||Milton Keynes Dons||18||22|